American Pilgrims is, as of March 19th, echoing official advice from numerous sources to postpone all international travel. Specifically, anyone planning to go on the Camino in March, April or May is advised to CANCEL their plans. We’ll continue to pass along news from the official and authoritative sources listed below. We recommend you stay up to date on the virus using official and reliable sources for information. Keep in mind there is a lot of misinformation, speculation and inaccuracies on the internet. Use your best judgment. International travel is not advised.

Our local chapters are also following applicable CDC, and state and local public health guidance concerning chapter events. We encourage everyone to practice appropriate social distancing.

On March 19th, the U.S. Department of State issued a global level 4 health advisory: “Avoid all international travel”:
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html


U.S. Department of State country by country information:
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html

Some official and reliable sources:

The COVID-19 pages at NIH and CDC:

The Spanish Health System is posting timely announcements in their Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/SaludPublicaEs.

El Camino con Correos has posted helpful information on their blog: https://www.elcaminoconcorreos.com/en/blog/camino-de-santiago-and-covid-19

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/novel-coronavirus-china

The World Health Organization (WHO): https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

WHO map of confirmed cases: https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/685d0ace521648f8a5beeeee1b9125cd

The U.S. State Department’s COVID-19 Travel Alert page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/novel-coronavirus-hubei-province–china.html

The U.S. Embassy in Spain: https://es.usembassy.gov and then search “coronavirus”.

The province of Castilla y León has setup information points along the Camino Francés to assist any pilgrims who are stranded and need assistance making their way home. The information points are located at the following albergues:
Belorado: Oficina de turismo
Burgos: Policía Municipal
Castrojeriz: Ayuntamiento
Frómista: Albergue municipal
Carrión de los Condes: Albergue Espíritu Santo
Moratinos: Albergue
Sahagún: Albergue municipal
León: Policía municipal y cartel oficina de turismo
Astorga: Albergue de la Asociación de Amigos del Camino
Ponferrada: Albergue S. Nicolás de Flue

We suggest doing a general search (e.g., Google) using the keywords <spain coronavirus> and in the result, choosing official and reliable sources.

The WHO recommends following these basic protective measures against the new coronavirus: wash your hands, maintain social distance, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and practice respiratory hygiene.

Stay informed to make informed decisions.

This is obviously a story that is developing daily, if not hourly. Stay informed and make informed decisions. Refrain from forwarding unreliably sourced information. Wash your hands – thoroughly and often!

3/23/20

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